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post #46 of 59 (permalink) Old 11-22-2011, 06:03 PM Thread Starter
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what kind of trap did you set up?

as I observe the wood, i don't think this is going to work. they are already showing signs of deterioration...not sure if it's fungi or rot, but seeing how it's not even been a month, I think I'm going to need to come up with an alternative plan.
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post #47 of 59 (permalink) Old 11-23-2011, 01:22 AM
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Go to Angels Plus and look through their website, they have some great breeding jars and informative videos too, those could stack up some cash or credit even at your LFS.
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thanks. that jar thingy looks pretty cool. i might not try it with this spawn, but might get one for the next spawn.

my biggest concern is my inability to raise fresh bbs for them right now.
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well folks, to those who were following along, it is with sadness that i'm updating this to say Hanzomori is no more. While I LOVED the look, it simply wasn't going to be sustainable and maintainable in the long run. the wood was breaking down much faster than I anticipated and the white PFS was a pita to keep clean.

did a 180 on the tank yesterday, after picking up stuff at our chicago fish swap (GCCA). still waiting for a large plant package from Gordon, which should get here Wednesday. Not sure if I'm going to keep a formal journal on the new scape...but this is how the tank looks now:

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Looks good man. I am more partial to the black substrate though.

And do not deny us a journal with lots of pics!

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this looks really cool too! its minimalistic like the other one, just a whole different type. i woudlnt add tooo many more plants!
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Looks good man. I am more partial to the black substrate though.

And do not deny us a journal with lots of pics!
haha, that angry face is awesome. i'll probably end up doing a journal. gives me a reason to shoot stuff...especially over the winter months when i'm loathe to go outside.

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this looks really cool too! its minimalistic like the other one, just a whole different type. i woudlnt add tooo many more plants!
Thanks! I like the minimalistic look too...but I already paid for the plants for gordon. we'll see...there's a smaller piece of d/w in my 56G that might be good here too if i can position it right and if the coloring isnt too different. if so, i can put some of the new plants there to avoid crowding this one.
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haha, that angry face is awesome. i'll probably end up doing a journal. gives me a reason to shoot stuff...especially over the winter months when i'm loathe to go outside.
I am with you on that one. I hate Chicago winters.

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You'd BETTER give us a journal - we all have to suffer through winter, too! lol
Both set-ups have a great beauty - you have a natural talent for scaping. Because one was light and one is dark, I will forever think of them as the tank and it evil twin - lol
The darkness accents the color of the angels nicely. Because you didn't black out the background, the dramatic shapes of the driftwood really stand out...lovely!

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lol re: evil twin.

i'll probably start a journal this weekend.

it's kind humorous though..with a minimalistic style...there's less "content" to go into a journal, lol.

was also interesting to note just how much light is bounced back from having light colored PFS substrate vs. black. it makes for quite a visible difference. can see if comparing the shot above to that from 11.13.
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Y'know, a journal on a minimalist tank is a challenge. It's like a painting - some artists fill with every detail, some capture a brief essence. I like to discover why an individual choses one over the other, or any of the points inbetween - style is an extension of our inner beings, and I think that is so interesting.
Perhaps part of the journal could include what you are saying/experiencing with your scape.

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hrm. that is a very interesting observation. I think i will give that a shot.
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Fellow CHicagoan checking in. How is this tank doing? I'm currently setting up a 75 with a school of blue angels...
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hi. i sorely need to start a new journal to showcase the way this turn looks now, but am too busy. and the g6 filter on it is having problems...getting it replaced this week hopefully. single eheim 2215 running it right now only.
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